More ridiculous libel bullshit

Crime publisher John Blake has given us a fine insight into defamation law before. Now it seems he’s going to be on the wrong end of a writ himself. Private Eye reports that Blake has been threatened with a lawsuit over one of his titles, Face to Face with Serial Killers by Christopher Berry-Dee.

A guy called Kenneth Bianchi, also known as the ‘Hillside Strangler’, has written to Blake from the Washington state penitentiary where he’s serving life for the murder of seven young women in Los Angeles during the 1970s. He wants to sue because Berry-Dee apparently wrote that Bianchi had confessed his crimes to the author in correspondence. To compensate for this Blake must withdraw the book from sale, pulp all unsold copies and give $1.5 million to a convicted killer.

Blake is not impressed:

There’s something ridiculous in the state of this country where scum like that can come and waste our time. We recently had a rapist from Broadmoor objecting because a chief superintendent referred to him as a drug-taking bisexual. We had to go to the high court to get him struck out. More time wasted, more money wasted.

It really is time something was done about our libel laws, no?


‘Don’t worry, we’ll take it to Mr Justice Eady’


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